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THE GREAT MATCHUP
Sven Baertschi Vs. Career Clarity
Sven Baertschi finally got a piece of the action on Sunday after losing 23 games with his latest shock of post-concussion symptoms. What the left back really needs on Tuesday – and in the six remaining games of the regular season – is the peace of mind that everything is back on track in their injury-prone season. He lost 30 games after a concussion on October 24 with the fifth concussion of his professional career and the first year of his three-year contract extension and $ 10 million in the US was a nightmare.
"You realize how fast the game is," said Baertschi, who was held without a shot at 16:48 ice time on Sunday in a 5-0 loss to Columbus. "My time was wrong and I was stripped (of the record) twice behind. And raising your head immediately when you have the disc, there were many things to get used to right away. The lack of many games is not easy and I just want to regain my confidence. "
Baertschi has eight goals in 23 games and, if not for injuries, that would translate into a season of 25 goals and a set of skills that the Canucks are missing out on with the league's 25th and 26th league offensive rankings. But there is no magic pill when you are repeatedly affected and more susceptible to blows or lashes that can provoke a concussion or bring back symptoms. And being effective means playing in traffic and not in perimeter.
FIVE KEYS TO THE GAME
1 Late-bloomer Teves blooms in NHL call
Josh Teves was not sure if he was going to sleep on Tuesday afternoon before making his NHL debut.
"I do not know if this really happened," said the 24-year-old Calgary native who signed a one-year contract after leaving Princeton. "The indication I got was that I would come here (NHL) and see how I dealt with things here – that's how we got it."
The unplayed left fielder is a good story on and off the ice. He has had 20 points (3-17) in 30 games this season from the NCAA and is working toward a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He did not really consider a professional career until last year because frankly he was just trying to make a list of Junior A. But his development advanced fast from Junior B to Junior A and had a season of 33 points (5-26) with the BCHL Merritt Centennials in the 2014-15 season when Princeton came.
For Travis Green, the cast's decision was about a new look after a 5-0 loss on Sunday and an injection of adrenaline into a room with a new face.
"He's a strong defender and a good puck-mover and a bit of a late developer," said Canucks coach. "But it's hard to get a sense of what it needs to work until you see it in a game. He had some time to fit in and has never been with an NHL team – beyond a field of development. And this is very different. He'll be nervous, but that's not a bad thing. You should be nervous for your first game. The message from me is to simply go out and do what you do and have fun. "
2. Goldobin will not bring stomach to fight
Nikolay Goldobin is a riddle – a mysterious, intriguing and stubborn one that is difficult to understand and is seated again tonight. The Russian mercurial has a set of offensive abilities that prevented the Canucks from giving up the free agent of 23 years. However, their well documented flaws, with a warm game away from the puck – that extra move on the offensive blue line that results in a turnover or being loose on the counterattack – have been surpassed by just one goal in the last 18 games. He returned on Sunday after being scratched in the previous four games and had a shot and a 16:33 spin on ice time against the big Blue Jackets.
3. No compliment or mockery for Kesler limping
Ryan Kesler is fond of the way the Selke Trophy winner helped bring the Canucks to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final with a season of 41 goals, or hated for wanting to leave a club whose ability quotient headed south. Judging by the Rogers Arena booing, the faithful are still bitter with the exit.
The cheer or mocking could be over. Kesler, 34, is suffering from chronic hip pain that is threatening his career. The center, which has reached the milestone of 1,000 games, is closed and has made no decision about its future of play. He has three years remaining in a contract that entails an annual cut of $ 6.875 million.
4. Pouliot making the list decision easier
Derrick Pouliot just tied for Sunday after scoring the previous six games – and eight times in 11 games – because Guillaume Brisebois is out with a hip strain. It was not long before Pouliot showed why RFA is expendable. Whether it's bad decisions with positional play or an inability to play outside his own zone, he was caught on the wall in the neutral zone in the first goal on Sunday.
5 Sautner keeps it simple, keeps improving
There is not a striking factor with Ashton Sautner, but there is curiosity why the defender does not try to leave the game. He makes smart decisions with the disc and does not panic. He has a lot to learn, but he is a willing student and probably passed Pouliot on the depth chart.
Tanner Pearson – Bo Horvat – Loui Eriksson
Josh Leivo – Elias Pettersson – Brock Boeser
Sven Baertschi – Adam Gaudette – Markus Granlund
Tim Schaller – Jay Beagle – Jake Virtanen
Alex Edler – Troy Stecher
Ashton Sautner – Luke Schenn
Josh Teves – Alex Biega
Jacob Markstrom – Thatcher Demko
Rickard Rakell – Sam Steel – Jakob Silfverberg
Nick Ritchie – Adam Henrique – Troy Terry
Corey Perry – Devin Shore – Kiefer Sherwood
Max Jones – Derek Grant – Carter Rowney
Hampus Lindholm – Josh Manson
Cam Fowler – Andy Welinski
Jaycob Megna – Korbinian Holzer
Ryan Miller – John Gibson
Canucks: Tyler Motte (upper body), Antoine Roussel (knee), Quinn Hughes (foot, day to day), Ben Hutton (foot, day to day), Chris Tanev (ankle), Brandon Sutter hernia), Guillaume Brisebois (hip, day-to-day).
Ducks: Ryan Kesler (hip), Ryan Getzlaf (upper body, day to day), Ondrej Kase (shoulder), Chad Johnson (head), Jacob Larsson (charley, day to day), Nick Ritchie upper body, possible).
Canucks: 26 (16.0%)
Ducks: 21 (17.1%)
Canucks: 14 (80.9%)
Ducks: 25th (78.9%)
HEAD: Ed Willes joins Paul Chapman to talk about job security for Canucks general manager Jim Benning. Has Benning done enough to get the mandate to go ahead or are there some big names out there that can spur the team into action? Ed gives an insight into the work Benning did and other factors that can influence the decision.